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Milk Creek

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.2457, -121.1910 Map & Directions
Length
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2100 feet
Highest Point
3900 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
The former bridge site over Milk Creek. Photo by George and Sally. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

This hike requires a potentially dangerous ford of the Suiattle River due to a missing bridge. Because of its inaccessibility and a lack of maintenance, expect a brushy trail with blowdowns beyond this point. Continue reading

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Hiking Milk Creek

Note: This hike requires a potentially dangerous ford of the Suiattle River due to a missing bridge. Because of its inaccessibility and a lack of maintenance, expect a brushy trail with blowdowns beyond this point.

For hikers willing to attempt a log crossing of a major river, start at the end of the Suiattle River Road near the Sulphur Creek Campground on the Suiattle River Trail. You will be following the northeast side of the river for 0.8 mile to the junction with the Milk Creek trail. Go right, crossing to the west side of the river here.

The bridge is currently out, so search for a safe crossing — in past years, hikers have used logs over the river, but these can be washed away in winter storms.

The Milk Creek trail pulls away from the Suiattle, ascending through deep old growth forest for the next two miles. At 3 miles and 2400 feet of elevation, the trail opens into a meadow with nice views of Glacier Peak. This makes a nice spot for a short day hike, and campsites can be claimed near the creek. 

WTA Pro Tip: This trail also offers a terrific 35-mile backpacking loop, featuring stunning, close-up views of Glacier Peak, endless wildflower meadows and ample opportunities for solitude.

WTA worked here in 2018!

Milk Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.2457, -121.1910 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Due to a missing bridge this hike requires a potentially dangerous ford of the Suiattle River. Because of its inaccessibility and a lack of maintenance expect a brushy trail with blowdowns beyond this point.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-5 take Highway 530 west to Darrington. In Darrington, take a left and continue north on Hwy 530 to near the Sauk River bridge and turn right on the Suiattle River Road (FR 26). Drive FR 26 for 23 miles until the road's end.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

Milk Creek (#790)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in Washington's Glacier Peak Region: The North Cascades (Spring & Manning) - Mountaineers Books

Buy the Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112 map

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Milk Creek

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